Thornton the chief architect of easy victory

Adam Thornton
Adam Thornton
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There wasn’t any Christmas blues for the Leyland and Chorley men’s hockey team as they comfortably defeated East Lancashire outfit Blackburn Northern seconds.

They ran out 8-2 winners in an excellent victory matched by an excellent performance in Division Five of the North West Hockey League.

The home side started off strongly and took the lead

early on through goal machine Mark Collier.

Adam Thornton tormented the Blackburn defenders and his cross was met by Damien Kaighin.

His effort was saved but Collier made no mistake from the rebound in making it 1-0.

One goal became two for both Leyland and Chorley and Collier as he slotted past the goalkeeper after latching on to a Craig Wilson cross.

Leyland and Chorley then gave Blackburn hope when a defensive error was capitalised on to bring them back into the game.

Blackburn sensed an opportunity and immediately found themselves on level terms when a hit into the D was deflected into goal.

Just before half-time, Leyland and Chorley took the lead again as Collier drove into the D and with only the keeper to beat, he squared to Andy Hey who slotted his first of the


The second half started well for Leyland and Chorley as Thornton found James Gallacher at the top of the D and his strike sailed past the keeper to make it 4-2.

Collier soon made it 5-2 when he exchanged a number of passes and, as always, he made no mistake in finishing to seal yet another hat-trick.

Teenager Thornton joined the party as a slick team move saw Gallacher cross and he made no mistake.

Gary Swann made it seven when he turned in a short corner and Collier completed the scoring grabbing his 33rd goal of the season, when he turned in a cross from the impressive Thornton.

Youngster Thornton stole the show with hisfour assists and a goal.

His influence meant the youngster rightfully sealed the man-of-the-match award.

n The men’s second team continued their promotion push thrashing Blackpool thirds 6-0.

Adrian Thornton and Rahul Bamania bagged three first-half goals to put Leyland and Chorleyon the front foot.

Rahul Bamania bagged again before Mitesh Bamania made it 5-0.

Phil South rounded off the scoring to make it 6-0 and leaveLeyland and Chorley two points off the top.